I received some bad news yesterday. It is not entirely bad, and as my mother always said, there is a bright side to it all. The news was that I cannot attend the summer semester at Penn State University. The reason why is that apparently, universities do not disburse financial aid funds in the way that community colleges do, and they only provide aid for fall and spring semesters, leaving little, if anything at all, for summer. The part of this that is bad for me is that what remains of the financial aid funds after all classes are paid for and books are purchased was just enough, barely, to pay my bills. Without financial aid for the summer, I not only cannot afford to pay for classes and books, I will not receive the excess to cover my bills. This means that I most definitely need to get a job. I do not have a problem with this, but in this economy, even getting called back for an interview is very slim. So, all I can do is hit the pavement and do the leg work, make follow-up calls, and then cross my fingers and hold my breath. If I am unable to get a job, I will be in world of financial hurt…but who isn’t these days, yes? The bright side is that I have not had a summer off in four years, so this will be quite a treat. When (I am being positive here) I get a job, I will go, work, and then leave. No due dates or deadlines or tests to study for and lots more time for writing and for sunbathing! Now, that is something to look forward to.